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Raising Children in Strangeness

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Goetze, C ORCID: 0000-0001-5027-7874 2020 , 'Raising Children in Strangeness', in LB Hall and AL Weissman and LJ Shepherd (eds.), Troubling Motherhood: Maternality in Global Politics , Oxford University Press, New York.

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Abstract

Raising children in strangeness throws up multiple dilemmas for mothers, especially if they are working. Living abroad, raising children in multinational and multilingual families, and at the same time jockeying work–life balances within families require constant negotiation of claims for equality and demands for difference. Such dilemmas are reinforced if mothering is dependent on the care of another woman, the nanny. Drawing on auto-ethnographic observations, this chapter discusses how cosmopolitan competence allows living (yet not solving) such dilemmas. Cosmopolitan attitudes in mothering allow the mother’s position to be accepted as strange in her own family and social environment; they minoritize the mother’s position toward the nanny and, hence, constitute bridges rather than obstacles to overcome the multiple dilemmas of mothering in strangeness.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Goetze, C
Keywords: families, ethics of care, cosmopolitanism
Publisher: Oxford University Press
DOI / ID Number: 10.1093/oso/9780190939182.001.0001
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Copyright 2020 Oxford University Press

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